ODF Crews Watch for Lightning

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Thunderstorms are heading our way, and with that a high risk for lightning strikes. The weather has Department of Forestry specialists on alert during what is already a crippling drought season. But they say it isn’t time to call it fire season yet. Dispatchers monitored the storm for much of the … Continue reading »

New Crews Sent Out to Brimstone Fire

MERLIN, Ore. – Officials with the Department of Forestry say two fires, the Big Windy and Brimstone fires Northwest of Merlin, are demanding much of their attention, but only one of the two is receiving resources. The 1500-acre Big Windy fire is being called one of the most problematic because of its remote location, but … Continue reading »

Pacifica Victims Get Door-to-Door Visits

WILLIAMS, Ore. – Fire crews are slowly withdrawing as cleanup work wraps up from the Pacifica Fire. Fifty firefighters from the Department of Forestry remained in Williams today, but now the focus switches from ODF to local fire departments, and from cleanup to customer service. “I’m just concerned about the citizens and making sure they’re … Continue reading »

Crews Continue to Mop Up Fire Remains

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Fire officials are calling the Beacon Hill fire a fitting end to the most active May in at least a decade. Crews continue to mop up the remnants of the fire that consumed roughly 115-acres of the Beacon Hill area of Grants Pass. Officials say the fire was likely caused by a … Continue reading »

Fire Burns Butte Falls Forestland

NEAR BUTTE FALLS, Ore. — Around 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) crews responded to a fire east of Butte Falls. The fire started in a remote, wooded area on Bureau of Land Management grounds. ODF completed a fire line around the 32-acre blaze before sundown on Sunday. ODF Spokesman Brian Ballou … Continue reading »